Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Dutchess aka Fergi

This quilt was just a blast to do. It is for the Quilting Arts "Passages" reader challenge. I have had many rescue dogs pass through my home over the years. The Dutchess, Fergi, came with a buddy named Finn. (Please note the spelling of Dutchess is in reference to the singer's album, not british royalty.) They were such a mess. Found dropped off at a park and ride, they were very ill, malnourished, and weak. After some good vet care, good food, and a few trips to the groomer, they just blossomed. Both got adopted by amazing families. The Dutchess got adopted by a wonderful couple who lived very close to me. Lizzie, would bring the newly named Chloe to see me. She seemed so well adjusted and loved. The quilt was made using various fabrics and then heavy stitching with over 30 colors of thread. This is often referred to as thread painting.

The picture to the right demonstrates some of the detailed stitching. 

The picture below is the actual photo used to make the quilt. I usually blow up the photo to use it as a pattern.

The picture to the right and below is what my sewing area looks like as I get started.

The next few pictures show the actual art quilt in progress.


  1. I LOVE THIS! The texture is amazing!

  2. Tracy thanks so much! Hope things are well on your end!!!